Freund: Spurs can live without Ade

Steffen Freund played down the impact Emmanuel Adebayor's possible absence due to the Africa Cup of Nations will bring to Tottenham.

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Freund revealed that Adebayor has yet to make a decision on whether he will join up with Togo in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations after retiring from international duty in 2011 due to a pay dispute.

The striker has until 9th January to make a decision, but Freund has played down the significance of the decision and claimed that the squad will be able to cope with their current roster of strikers.

"Let's wait for Ade's decision," Freund said on the Guardian, "We've been successful with or without Emmanuel in the team, that's the most important thing. "He was injured for eight games and we had a really strong run without him - nine points in December. Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey can play up front, Gylfi Sigurdsson can play up front. With him we are strong and he scored in the last game.

"I think the preparations for most [African] teams have started already and we have to wait. We would love to have him in the squad if he does not go. But it's a massive tournament and will respect his decision. If he is involved and he is going we will respect that."

Tottenham are set to go up against Coventry City in the FA Cup this weekend and the assistant manager believes that the game will be a red-hot tie despite their opponents coming from two tiers below the Premier League.

Freund said: "We have a really strong squad now, we have a lot of players that have been on the bench and deserve to play from the beginning. It is one of the biggest cup competitions in the world and my feeling is that it is always special to play in the FA Cup.

"It is special and there will be a special atmosphere, our stadium will be sold out against Coventry, a League One team. It will be a really difficult team and we respect a team like Coventry who will come to the Lane with nothing to lose."

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